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With Pixies now more settled than at any time since Bossanova, excellent new album Beneath The Eyrie sees the band conjure up more mythical folk tales and songs about (possibly) werewolves. John Earls meets Black Francis to hear about his quest for authenticity, how it’s possible to care too much and the importance of believing your children…

”There’s enough things in life parading around as perfection. Is that what people really want? I don’t want to hear that. You don’t want perfection, you want something that sounds real”

L-R: Joey Santiago, Paz Lenchantin, David Lovering, Black Francis

Indie Cindy was Pixies’ comeback record and Head Carrier was their irst with new bassist Paz Lenchantin. It makes Beneath he Eyrie their irst album with a truly settled line-up since their third album Bossanova back in 1990.Not that Black Francis sees it that way: “Our analysis would go, ‘Indie Cindy is a record with a band member missing – our friend plays bass on the record, but replacing the band member was a longer process. Head Carrier is the organic matriculation of that new member’. We think of it in those basic, common-sense terms. here’s no romanticising.”

Pixies’ common-sense approach to their career becomes a theme of our interview. Black Francis is highly entertaining company, one of the best theorisers about the music industry you could wish to be educated by. His expansive thoughts about his band’s role in music mean he’s easily able to bat away any attempt to get to know the real Charles hompson. Always going by Charles when he’s not on stage, he meets Long Live Vinyl at an oice suite at the Royal Garden Hotel, the ive-star Kensington property which has been a mainstay for visiting rock stars for decades. It’s a sweltering summer Friday, but our interview is largely in darkness: not because Charles is a vampiric rock ghoul, but because an overhead light shines right in his eyes and neither of us can work out how to use the dimmers. Smartly dressed and in wire-framed glasses, he resembles a favourite college professor and speaks as rapidly and excitedly as if he were about to burst into Crackity Jones.

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It's Just Rock 'N' Roll! Issue 30 of Long Live Vinyl celebrates the 25th anniversary of Oasis' stellar debut album, Definitely Maybe. Our exclusive collector's covers, shot by Oasis photographer Michael Spencer Jones, allow you to choose between Noel and Liam editions – or buy both! Inside, some of the band's closest allies talk us through the making of an album that sold 7 million copies and changed the face of British guitar music. In our packed interviews section, we sit down with Black Francis to hear why new Pixies album Beneath The Eyrie is among the best records they've ever made, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard take a rare break from recording to talk us through their new LP, Infest The Rats' Nest. Elsewhere, we meet one of the hottest new bands of 2019, WH Lung, and the founders of Sub Pop, the Seattle label that put grunge on the map. You'll also find an in-depth look at Talking Heads' 1979 classic Fear Of Music as well as 40 Essential Dream Pop albums to add to your collection. If all that's not enough, we bring you the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today…